|Boo! It’s October.
Now we’ll grant you, it’s October everywhere but October in Cape May is
not all ghouls and goblins – for one thing
Oktoberfest, sponsored by Historic Jackson
Street Neighborhood Association, is like
TODAY, so if you’re reading this some other
day, you missed it.
You are not too
late, however for
Victorian Week, October 7 -16, a time in
which we celebrate all things Victorian. For
another thing – the birds are here. The Cape
May autumn migration – specifically the Hawk
watch - runs from September 1 through Nov.
30th. October, however, is the peak period.
In fact the 58th Annual N.J. Audubon
Weekend/The Bird Show is October 28-30.
Experts are on hand at the Hawk
Watch Observation Platform at
May Point State Park to help beginners
identify the many species of raptors and
birds which fly by on their way south. Their
real job though, is to count the numbers of
raptors. Cape May Point is a world famous
migration capital. No place in North America
offers more spectacles more consistently
than Cape May, NJ and nowhere else will so
many birds and so much birding talent be
assembled in one place - at one time.
The annual Autumn Weekend, offers
some friendly, easy-paced birding with field
trips to Cape May’s birding hotspots, boat
trips, indoor and outdoor programs and
workshops given by expert
naturalists, book signing, live hawk and owl
demonstrations. And Cape May Convention Hall
will be filled with vendor exhibits
including wildlife artists, carvers, gifts
and crafts, conservation organizations, tour
and optic companies, and more. Something for
everyone - this is one celebration you will
want to be part of, whether you are a first
time birder or a seasoned naturalist looking
for that something special that Cape May
brings to birding. Takes place at Convention
Hall from 10am-5pm. Please
visit their website or call 609-884-2736
for more information.
You know what else we have that no one else has? The Lima Bean Festival.
At one time, we were the
bean capital. We celebrate the Lima Bean and
honor it at this very cute October 15th
festival held at the Wilbraham Park in
West Cape May from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There’ll be food – all things lima bean plus
other stuff too. There’ll be entertainment
and best off all – the crowning of the Lima
Victorian Week, of course, dominates the month. Sponsored by the
Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, (MAC)
the 33rd annual Victorian Week is Cape May’s
10-day extravaganza of tours and events that
celebrate the Victorian lifestyle.
Highlights include Historic House Tours,
which showcase the unparalleled collection
of famous restored Victorian bed and
breakfast inns, guesthouses and hotels that
are the signature of this National Historic
Landmark City. Featured activities also
include: Private Homes Tours, murder mystery
dinners, antiques and crafts shows,
Victorian fashion shows, glass blowing
demonstrations on the lawn of the 1879
Physick Estate, brass band concerts,
workshops, tours and lectures.
Whew – that’s a lot of stuff to do. But wait – don’t forget Halloween.
are ghost tours a plenty.
The most popular activity, however, is still
the annual Halloween Parade. Held this year
on October 23rd. Registration begins at 1:30
on Lyle Lane behind City Centre Mall.
Judging will begin at 2 and the parade
starts at 3 p.m. The parade travels down
Carpenter’s Lane onto Ocean Street and then
down Washington Street where it ends at the
Emlen Physick Estate where there’ll be a
little party for the participants.
Washington Street Mall Association is
sponsoring a Trick-or-Trick Sunday October
30th from 2-5. Participating merchants will
have a sign in their window telling
Trick-or-Treaters which stores are ghoul
Other ghoulish activities include a variety of ghost tours including the
Original Haunted Cape May Tour
begins on the Promenade at the corner of
Howard Street and Beach Avenue, across from
the very haunted
Hotel Macomber. Tickets can be purchased
ahead or at the Boo-Tique located under the
Hotel Macomber on Beach Avenue. For more
information and schedules call 609-463-8984
visit their website.
In addition, you can enjoy an “Evening Ride with the Ghost Writer.
The tour, based on the writings and findings
of psychic medium
McManus, is offered every weekend
beginning Oct. 8th but on Oct. 27-Oct 29th ,
the author himself will be your guide as you
explore Cape May’s spookiest sites. The tour
begins and tickets are available at the
Washington Street Mall Information Booth. To
reserve tickets in advance, call (609)
884-5404 or (800) 275-4278 or visit
If you’re interested in an adult
evening out – costume required of course,
try the Phantom of the Opera Dinner, Friday,
October 28th at the
Mad Batter or Saturday, Oct. 29th
Congress Hall is sponsoring its Phantom
Phantom of the Opera Dinner includes a three-course dinner. There
will be a Halloween Costume Contest with
prizes for the best and worst costumes. $45
per person. For more information or to make
reservations, call 609-884-5404 or
Congress Hall's Phantom Ball celebrates
the spookiest night of the
at Congress Hall. The annual Phantom Ball
has great food, frightening fun and a host
of great prizes. Costumes are a must...and
must see! Congress Hall is offering it's
Phantom Ball package; a 2 night weekend
package - including 2 tickets to the Ball on
Saturday night, 2 tickets to a ghost tour on
Friday night and breakfast each morning. For
more information please call 609-884-8421 or
visit their website.
Here’s the thing, yes, we have a lots of stuff going on to bring you
here and keep you entertained, but the
weather, especially the first two weeks, is
usually still very warm and very fabulous.
Crisp, clear, sunny skies, great sand, and
fabulous views. The crowds are dwindling
– although – be prepared – because weekends
are still VERY busy so you do want to make
sure you make reservations not only for your
accommodations but for dinner as well.
Saturday night is Saturday night and the
tables fill quickly. Bottom line? It’s a
great time to visit. So come on down.